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FLUFFY'S STORY PART 1: FLUFFY'S JOURNEY

Author: Samantha Joyce with Caroline Joyce

Illustrator: Debra Moore

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Publisher: Paw Print Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Ackmed, a local baker, used his dog Fluffy to guard his bread cart. Fluffy always let Bones, a local boy who was homeless, steal some bread, because he empathized with his hunger and thirst. When Ackmed caught Fluffy, he got and threatened to sell the dog. That night, Fluffy got wrapped up in a blanket and carted away. His new owners were the US Army. One of the men, Russ, was very kind. When Russ had to leave, Fluffy couldn’t come, and he was very sad. Fluffy was determined to come to America and he enlisted some animal friends to help him. This is a fictionalized version of a true story.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 13

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I really like this short story. It has cool illustrations and funny statements. It shows that being kind to others will always have happy ending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is definitely a book to be read aloud, as it is told via conversation. It does make one wonder about the children and animals orphaned (and left behind) in a war.

Pros: The story is told (mostly) from the animal's perspective, yet still keeps the essence of being a more "grown up" tale.

Cons: None, really. The quality of the illustrations is rather simplistic for the quality of the story.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The story is one that has value for teaching about caring for others.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CHIPS A HOMETOWN HERO   CUT DOWN TO SIZE AT HIGH NOON; A Math Adventure   LIBBY AND THE CAT

Educational Themes: The story easily lends itself to role playing or "screenplay" for kids. Conversational topics include friendship, perseverance, problem solving, and (unfortunately) the realities of war.

Notes: A portion of the proceeds of this book go to the US War Dogs Association

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animals, War, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2006

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